Bamboo Flooring Quality
Bamboo Flooring - 2013
Bamboo Flooring Quality
Bamboo floors are becoming quite the rage nowadays for indoor flooring and it is easy to see why. Bamboo floors are durable, easy to clean, resistant to moisture, resistant to insects, do not harbour dust mites, less expensive than wood flooring and are kind to the environment. However, the benefits you derive from your bamboo floor will depend heavily on the bamboo flooring quality.
Bamboo flooring quality will depend on a number of factors. One factor, which is the major factor affecting quality, is the manufacturing process. There is a number of bamboo flooring manufacturing processes and this depends on the place, cost of manufacturing and preference of the manufacturer. For instance, the manufacturing process in the United States is very different from that in parts of the world such as China. The bamboo flooring in China is not as processed as that found in the United States.
Apart from the different manufacturing processes yielding different bamboo flooring quality, the specifics of the manufacture will also affect quality. The specifics will include things such as the adhesives used, the equipment used in milling the bamboo, the drying process and the finishing process. You will getter better bamboo flooring quality if the adhesives used are formaldehyde free. Adhesives with formaldehyde may pollute the home, cause allergic reactions and may not be very water resistant. It is very crucial to have bamboo that has been dried properly so that it does not grow fungi or mold.
The finish is also a very important determinant of bamboo flooring quality. The finishing includes the application of a top coat. This top coat should have little or no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) which have been proven to cause cancer.
Bamboo flooring quality will also depend on the age and quality of the bamboo used. The older the bamboo is, the harder and more durable the resulting bamboo flooring. Typically, the age of the bamboo determines the grade, with grade A bamboo flooring being flooring made from mature bamboo. Mature bamboo is aged about 7 years. Grade B will result in lower bamboo flooring quality as it is not yet mature. The quality is lower because for one, immature bamboo has uneven colouring, is softer, more prone to scratches and dents and therefore will not be as long lasting, and is more prone to mold.
The quality of your bamboo floor will also depend on the skill of the person installing it. Though it is not difficult to install care must be taken to do it correctly. If you are not sure how to do the installation, it is generally better to leave it to the professionals.
A simple way of determining bamboo flooring quality is the cost. Generally speaking, the higher the cost of the bamboo, the higher the quality is likely to be. However, if you shop around you can usually find very high quality bamboo on sale somewhere.
This article on bamboo flooring quality should give you a very good guideline for buying. Just ask the dealer questions and read the information on the product before purchasing. Bamboo flooring saves our hardwoods and is just as durable and beautiful, so if you are environmentally conscience it is definitely the way to go.